What does a Supply Teacher do?
A Supply Teacher is an independent contractor who temporarily replaces a permanent Teacher. Their teaching assignments may last from one day to a year and work is usually sporadic. However, Supply Teachers may work more often if they apply for a supply teaching position in several schools. Once the Supply Teachers are placed on a school’s roster, they may be called in to teach any grade level, usually on very short notice. Depending on the situation, Supply Teachers may perform the absent Teacher’s lesson plan or create their own. Supply Teachers are employed by private and public schools throughout the United Kingdom.
Supply Teacher skills and qualifications
A Supply Teacher needs a range of skills and qualifications to perform their duties effectively. These skills and qualifications include:
- Ability to teach multi-grade classes
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Patience, flexibility and good with children
- Creativity and organisation skills
- Networking skills
- Empathy and compassion
- Time management skills
Supply Teacher experience requirements
Supply Teachers must have a classroom experience. Many schools in the UK accept candidates who have worked as a volunteer Teacher. Some schools require candidates to have experience with children outside of the classroom, like through mentoring, tutoring, youth clubs, summer camps, play schemes or sports, as this shows candidates have passion for teaching or working with children. Supply Teachers must also be familiar with the national curriculum in order to teach effectively.
Supply Teacher education and training requirements
Supply Teachers must have a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree or a BA/BSc with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for Wales and England, or Teaching Qualification (TQ) in Scotland. If they already have a degree, they will need to complete a postgraduate teacher training course, which leads to TQ in Scotland and QTS in Wales and England. If the candidates’ undergraduate degree doesn’t grant them QTS, they are required to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) if they study in Scotland. All Supply Teachers in the UK must pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before they can work in schools.
Supply Teacher salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary of a Supply Teacher in the United Kingdom is £119 per day. Their actual salary varies depending on several factors, including their level of experience, geographical location and the specific school.
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